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Michigan property owners settle PFAS case for $54 million

Sep. 21, 2022 14:29 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A judge has given tentative approval to a $54 million settlement involving 3M Co., a shoe manufacturer and property owners in western Michigan who said their land and wells were contaminated by toxic “forever chemicals.” The class-action deal involves...

Michigan veteran gets 5 years for fraud over faked injuries

Sep. 17, 2022 12:35 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan veteran has been sentenced to five years in prison after investigators who followed him discovered he had faked injuries that allowed him to claim more than $260,000 in federal benefits. Joseph Gray, 53, of Lawton repeatedly claimed he had lost...

2 men convicted in Gov. Whitmer kidnap plot seek new trial

Sep. 08, 2022 14:42 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Lawyers for two men convicted of conspiring to kidnap Michigan's governor are asking for a new trial, alleging misconduct by a juror and unfairness by the judge. The court filing, unsealed Thursday, reveals an aggressive effort to learn more about a...

Police: Michigan officers shoot man who pointed gun at them

Aug. 25, 2022 13:59 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Two Michigan police officers shot and wounded a man early Thursday after he pointed a gun at them as they investigated reports of car break-ins, police said. The police shooting in Grand Rapids comes about two months after a now-fired city police officer...

2 men convicted in plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer

Aug. 23, 2022 20:59 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A jury on Tuesday convicted two men of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020, delivering swift verdicts in a plot that was broken up by the FBI and described as a rallying cry for a U.S. civil war by anti-government extremists. The...

Whitmer says guilty verdicts in kidnapping plot "prove that violence and threats have no place in our politics"

Aug. 23, 2022 12:22 PM EDT
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Whitmer says guilty verdicts in kidnapping plot "prove that violence and threats have no place in our politics."

Two men convicted in 2nd trial of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as prelude to civil war in 2020

Aug. 23, 2022 11:43 AM EDT
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Two men convicted in 2nd trial of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as prelude to civil war in 2020.

Jury gets case of 2 men charged in Gov. Whitmer plot

Aug. 22, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Two men charged with conspiring to kidnap Michigan's governor wanted to grab Gretchen Whitmer and hang her, prosecutors said during a stark closing argument Monday as the government tried for a second time to get convictions in an alleged plot to trigger a revolution in...

Marijuana smoking hangs over Whitmer kidnap plot trial

Aug. 21, 2022 09:14 AM EDT

There is no dispute about some evidence in the trial of two men accused of eagerly wanting to kidnap Michigan's governor: They enjoyed getting high. From start to finish, the jury repeatedly has heard about marijuana in the case of Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr., who are charged with...

Defense rests after challenging agents in Whitmer plot trial

Aug. 19, 2022 12:50 PM EDT

Lawyers for two men charged with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called investigators to the witness stand Friday to try to raise questions about their tactics in 2020 and highlight scornful attitudes. The defense rested its case on the ninth day of trial. Closing...